Sofia Karim 

ARB, MA (Hons) Arch, Dip Arch

Sofia Karim has practiced architecture for over 20 years at studios including Norman Foster’s in London and Peter Eisenman’s in New York.


Her practice combines architecture, visual art, and activism.

 

The incarceration of her uncle (photographer and activist Shahidul Alam) led to the development of her theories on an ‘Architecture of Disappearance’. She explores architecture as a language of struggle and resistance.

 

Her activism focuses on human rights across Bangladesh and India. She campaigned for the release of imprisoned artists, including Dr Alam and Tania Bruguera. 

 

She is the founder of Turbine Bagh, a joint artists’ movement against fascism and authoritarianism and platform for political art and activism. She was a finalist for Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics, in 2021.

 

She has exhibited at galleries and museums including Tate Modern (London), V&A (London), Rubin Museum (NY) and Wrightwood 659 (Chicago).

 

Her work has been presented at Harvard University and featured in publications including The Observer, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Art Newspaper and British Journal of Photography. She has appeared on BBC World News, Channel 4 News, Al Jazeera and Sky News. 

 

She lectures on architecture and is a visiting critic at Westminster school of Architecture. 

 

Exhibitions

 

Salaam Festival, Manchester ( Lal Gate) - July 2022

Kunsthaus Göttingen / Documenta 15 (Lita's House) - June to September 2022

CCLM, Santiago, Chile (Jameel Prize) - March 2022

V&A, London (Jameel Prize) - September 2021

Wrightwood 659, Chicago - October 2021

Northeastern University, Boston - October 2021

Peckham 24, London - September 2021

Format Photo Festival - April 2021

South Asia Institute, Chicago - March 2021

Asia Society, Houston - Feb 2021

Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London - March 2020 & October 2018

Exhibit 320, Delhi - February 2020

Rubin Museum, New York - November 2019